Our Lady’s 1
It was a high noon tip-off on Saturday for Enniscorthy’s ladies first eleven against Our Lady’s of Terenure in the battle for top spot in Division 6 at the Astro Active Centre.
The visiting team started off but it wasn’t long before Enniscorthy stole possession. Enniscorthy’s consistent build-up play down the left side paid off inside the first 12 mins as Niamh Rochford found the backboard off a rebound from the Terenure goalkeeper’s pads.
The restart after the first quarter saw Our Lady’s catching the Slaneysiders off guard and were awarded a penalty corner which was ably defended by Enniscorthy’s captain, Julie Watchorn. Both teams showed plenty of attacking endeavour, particularly in the outer channels. The half time score remained 1-0 in favour of the home team.
It wasn’t long after the restart before the visiting team made a determined attack up the left side of the pitch before Leah Chapman was able to force them over the sideline. This was the start of one of Enniscorthy’s best team goals of the season, Chapman starting the move from the right-hand sideline using her defensive line, Hannah Graham finding Niamh Ogilvie who quickly found her sister up the line, Rebecca Ogilvie sweeping a beautifully timed ball across the top of the circle, connecting with Leah Kidd at full stretch who found herself one on one with the keeper and squeezed it past the ‘keeper.
Our Lady’s were quick to respond to Enniscorthy’s goal and forced McGinty to make a sliding save but the Dublin outfit had bodies in the circle and they too found the net just before the end of the third quarter.
The fourth quarter saw a beautiful piece of individual skill from Leah Kidd as a ball was hit aimlessly out of Enniscorthy’s defence and found Kidd on the halfway line. The Ireland under 16 trialist then beat four Terenure defenders and again found herself one on one with the keeper, then slotted the ball perfectly into the left corner.
A last-minute penalty corner for the hosts was deflected narrowly wide to leave the final score 3-1 to the league leaders. Five points now separate Enniscorthy from Our Lady’s, with the Slaneysiders visiting Dublin North on Saturday as they zero in on promotion.
Squad: Anna Flood, Ciara Kelly, Deané Lodewyks, Hannah Graham, Izzy Walsh, Julie Watchorn, Laura Smith, Leah Chapman, Leah Kidd, Niamh Ogilvie, Niamh Rochford, Norah McGinty, Rebecca Ogilvie.